How do you capture the energy of a festival favorite on a studio album? After the well-received debut album In Gold We Trust (2021), childhood friends Gijs de Groot and Johan Stolk played until they got blisters on their fingers with Them Dirty Dimes. As an alternative to their album tour, which was canceled by corona, they visited more than 70 crowdfunders to play on the sidewalk. They became one of the most booked Popronde acts and performed at festivals such as Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Stadspark Live and TakeRoot.
All those gigs bring an enormous amount of inspiration that you want to capture on an album. The Dimes decided to join forces with producer Bernard Gepken (Daniel Lohues, Tangarine, Rob Dekay) and Frans Hagenaars (Excelsior Recordings). Surrounded by a team of the best studio musicians, they played the songs live in the studio near the Amsterdam IJ. As the album title Empty Pockets suggests, most of the songs are about loss, but always with the characteristic perspective of the gentlemen.
The music by support act suze who? perfectly fits the classic folk tradition, yet is pointedly pursuing a unique sound. The solo project by Suze Commandeur shapes itself on her personal exploration to create her own sound based on the music she grew up with. Teaming with Rik van den Heuvel she recorded an EP where banjo and guitar come together with lo-fi electronics.